This should startle you: About 80% of patients taking a placebo heal themselves with the power of the mind, (from Dr. Rankin’s book, Mind Over Medicine).
A placebo pill has nothing in it; it’s just inert powder, (often sugar). But the person taking it is told that it’s real medicine. And when they believe it, they often get well through the power of deep belief. It’s called the Placebo Effect, and stacks of books and studies have been written about it.
Do you realize how powerful this information is? It means, “as you think, that’s what you become”.
This means that there’s a relationship between believing you’ll get well, and actually getting well.
I often work with people who have had disappointments time and again when trying to take on new habits like exercise or eating differently. By the time they get to me, they’ve failed over and over again.
The opposite is true, as well.
A friend of mine who almost never gets sick was coughing one day. I asked what was going on. He scoffed and said, “Nothing! I don’t get sick”, and sure enough, the cough that was circulating through his whole office and afflicted people for days or weeks left him by that afternoon.
There’s something about his audacity I really appreciate. It’s as if his body has no choice but to obey his will, which is “I Don’t Get Sick”.
What you believe about yourself – your ability to stick with a plan, your ability to lose weight, your tolerance for stress, your temper, and a thousand other things – is related to your results.
“As a person thinks in their heart, so are they.” This ancient text was written long before science could measure it and test it. Some people need a clinical trial before they’re willing to try anything, so I’m glad that science has provided data to show the world how true that simple text is.
If you don’t engage your mind and your emotions and tilt them towards the behaviors you need for outcomes you want, your chances of success are dramatically reduced. I’d suggest that success is nearly impossible without them.
I’ve written more articles than I can count, and a lot of them are about why certain foods are good for you, or why you’ll want to avoid other foods. But everyone I’ve ever visited with who failed to reach their goals already knew those things. It wasn’t from ignorance that they went back to eating donuts every day. Nor were they lacking another blog post on “7 Reasons To Love Pomegranates”, (which, I think, I wrote about). Everyone already knows cigarettes aren’t worth it. Another article on “5 Reasons To Give Up Smoking” is powerless if you don’t actually believe you really can kick the habit permanently.
“In all your getting, get Understanding”, says another ancient Proverb. Understanding the role your mind plays in your success will change your entire life if you’re willing to accept it.